DROGBA: FRENCH LEAGUECAREER EXPOSED

Didier Drogba started his professional career at Le Mans in the French league and he had been at the club for three years before the Ivorian was handed a professional contract at the age of 21. At that stage, it had dawned on Didier Drogba that he had to buckle up or risk losing the opportunity to become a professional footballer. His breakthrough season at Le Mans saw him score seven goals in 30 games in what was his first campaign in the first team. In the following season, Didier Drogba didn’t perform well due to injuries and loss of form. In his third season withLe Mans first team, the Ivorian football icon returned to form with five goals in 21 appearances for his team.

He would move to Guingamp in the same French league midway through the 2001/02 season. Didier Drogba scored three times in 11 games as he helped Guingamp to avoid demotion to the lower leagues.
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SILVA MENTIONS DROGBA AS TOUGH OPPONENT

Chelsea defender Thiago Sikva has named Blues legend Didier Drogba as one of his toughest opponents during an illustrious playing career spanning almost two decades professionally. Silva spoke to the official website of Chelsea football club about the top ten toughest opponents that he has faced in his career and Didier Drogba was eighth on the list behind Liverpool player Roberto Firmino. Didier Drogba crossed paths with Thiago Silva a few times before the Ivorian football legend called time on his hugely successful football career some years ago. Didier Drogbawas ahead of the likes of KylianMbappe and Angel Di Maria on the list. Silva played with both Mbappe and Di Maria at French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) before he left the club last summer. Silva ended his association with PSG after his contract expired and he went on to sign for Chelsea as a free agent.

On his toughest opponent, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was unsurprisingly the recipient as named by Silva ahead of Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi and Ronaldo are widely regarded as the best two players of their generation and it is a little surprise that they are the top two toughest opponents faced by the Chelsea defender. Fellow Brazilian Neymar completes the top three for Thiago Silva, while Swedish football icon Zlatan Ibrahimovic came in at fourth place. The Brazilian duo of Adriano and Romariowere in fifth and sixth place respectively according to the list of players mentioned by the Chelsea centre back.
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MBAPPE REVEALS DROGBA ENCOUNTER AT CHELSEA

Paris Saint Germain (PSG) star Kylian Mbappe has revealed his meeting with Didier Drogba at a young age. Kylian Mbappe wrote in a column for The Player’s Tribune on how he first met Chelsea legend Didier Drogba at a young age. According to him, he had visited London 11 years ago and that he was fortunate to meet Didier Drogba, who was at the peak of his powers back then. The Ivorian football legend took pictures with Kylian Mbapp eand he would later show his friends at his youth club AS Bondy.Kylian Mbappe said his friends didn’t believe him initially when he told them that he met Didier Drogba in London until he showed them proof via the pictures taken by his father.


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EX-CHELSEA PLAYER WANTS ‘NEW DROGBA’

Former Chelsea player Alan Hudson has given up on new signing Timo Werner following his poor form over the course of the last few months. Alan Hudson spoke about Timo Werner in an exclusive interview with media outlet CaughtOffside as he said that a new striker in the form of Didier Drogba or Peter Osgood is needed at the club. According to him, England international Tammy Abraham is the Chelsea striker with the most similarities to Didier Drogba but the club needs an upgrade on him. Didier Drogba and Peter Osgood are Chelsea legends who became cult heroes at Stamford Bridge because of their striking ability.

Timo Werner was signed by Chelsea last summer in a £53m deal from RB Leipzig in the German Bundesliga and he started his Chelsea career but the German international has lost his way in recent months especially in the final weeks of the just ended Frank Lampard managerial reign. Frank Lampard was sacked as the Chelsea boss last month and replaced by German tactician Thomas Tuchel and the general consensus is that maybe he would be able to get the best out of Timo Werner. Timo Werner has already drawn comparisons with Fernando Torres, who flopped at Chelsea after the club splashed the sum of £50m on his transfer in January 2012. Continue reading “EX-CHELSEA PLAYER WANTS ‘NEW DROGBA’”

DROGBA GIVES ADVICE TO TAMMY ABRAHAM

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has given striker Tammy Abraham a piece of advice that would come in handyfor him now and in the future after the Blues player came on social media to defend teammate Antonio Rudiger. Recent reports claimed that all is not well in the Chelsea dressing room due to the fight between club skipper Cesar Azpilicueta and German international centre back Antonio Rudiger.


To this effect, Nigerian-born England international Tammy Abraham took to his official Twitter handle to show his support for Antonio Rudiger as he pointed out that the ex-AS Roma defender is like a big brother to him and the other young players at the club. Didier Drogba reacted to his tweet by advising him that togetherness is the way and that Tammy Abraham and the other Chelsea players need to need to stick together for one another. Didier Drogba is a legend at Chelsea and he has been following the club in close quarters since he finally left in 2015. He has been a role model for Tammy Abraham since his time at the club as pointed out by the two parties. Continue reading “DROGBA GIVES ADVICE TO TAMMY ABRAHAM”

WERNER CAN EMULATE DROGBA AT CHELSEA

Under-fire Chelsea attacker Timo Werner can take solace from Didier Drogba’s slow start at Stamford Bridge according to journalist Oliver Young-Myles who writes for inews in the United Kingdom (UK). Just like Didier Drogba, Timo Werner has made a relatively slow start to life at Chelsea since his lucrative transfer from German Bundesliga team RB Leipzig. The Blues paid a whooping £52m to sign him from the German club and he has scored nine goals in 25 appearances but his misses in front of goal has generated more noise than the ones he scored.


Timo Werner can look up to Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, who made a slow start in West London before going on to attain legendary status at the club. Timo Werner has been tagged a flop by some Chelsea fans despite scoring eight goals in his first 20 games for the club with four of those goals coming in the Premier League but a certain Didier Drogba netted just seven goals in his first 20 Chelsea and the rest they say is history as he was able to recover from that slow start to win a lot of trophies for Chelsea, while playing a starring role. Continue reading “WERNER CAN EMULATE DROGBA AT CHELSEA”

HOW SOUTHAMPTON ALMOST SIGNED DROGBA REVEALED

 

Didier Drogba could have had a different career path if Southampton had been successful with their bid to sign the Ivorian football legend. It was revealed that the Saints tried to sign Didier Drogba while he was with Guingamp in the French league. According to The Athletic, Southampton wanted to sign Didier Drogba and FlorentMalouda while the two players were on the payroll of Guingamp. The two players would go on to play for Chelsea in the Premier League.


The publication from The Athletic revealed that Southampton’s former owner Rupert Lowe had a deal lined up for both Didier Drogba and FlorentMalouda but the Saints were not able to get the deal across the line. Didier Drogba was 25 at the time, while FlorentMalouda was 23 at the time of the interest from Southampton. Didier Drogba and FlorentMalouda were important players in the Guingamp team that was punching above its weight in the French top flight at that time. Continue reading “HOW SOUTHAMPTON ALMOST SIGNED DROGBA REVEALED”

DROGBA SUPPORTS WEBO IN RACISM FIGHT

 

Ivorian football legend Didier Drogba has thrown his weight behind Istanbul Basaksehir assistant manager Pierre Webo who was on the receiving end of a racist comment from one of the match officials for the Champions League meeting between hosts Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Istanbul Basaksehir at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday night. Didier Drogba took to his official Twitter handle to talk about the incident that led to the Champions League game being abandoned.


According to the former Chelsea striker, the players of both PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir were right to abandon the game as a result of the incident as he thanked Pierre Webo and Demba Ba for standing out. Senegalese striker Demba Ba was the first player to take up the case with the match officials immediately after the incident. Didier Drogba spoke about it on his Twitter page earlier on Wednesday as he posted the video of the incident. He also added that the Romanian fourth official, who was guilty of the racist remark towards Webo, could have addressed the Istanbul Basaksehir coach as this guy rather than this black guy.
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REECE JAMES – DROGBA WAS MY CHILDHOOD IDOL

 

Reece James has revealed that Didier Drogba was his childhood hero and that he was the man at Chelsea.

The Chelsea right-back has stated that his hero in football is the club legend Didier Drogba, as he was a striker before. One could be forgiven for believing that the Englishman has always been a right-back, with the young right-back being such an astute defender and efficient over-lapper; however, he has revealed now that wasn’t the case.


In an exclusive interview with “The Athletic”, James disclosed that he used to play at the opposite end of the pitch as a striker. According to James, my hero was the Ivorian. I have played as a forward, and he was at Chelsea then. Thus, I wanted and played to be like him and totally idolized him. From there, I went into central midfield until the age of 14 or 15. I had a great spell there and got used to the position. However, it got to a period I wasn’t getting playing time, and there were several midfielders in the squad, and the right-back chance was free then; that’s how I got myself there.
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Olivier Giroud motivated by Timo Werner signing at Chelsea

 

Chelsea’s signing RB Leipzig star Timo Werner to the club is taken as a motivation by Oliver Giroud. He says that more competition will only motivate him to play better on the pitch. Werner was signed by Chelsea after a prolonged clash between the top clubs of Europe which includes Liverpool. Lampard has discussed with the player and agreed to the transfer fee clause of £47.5 million.

With the arrival of Werner into Stamford Bridge,it is more competition for other forwards in the club which includes Giroud. But he takes this as an opportunity to step up from his current position and will make Lampard’s decision to choose the forward tougher.
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